The last time I met a nearly seven foot tall ‘Cat was after a UK basketball game. This time around was quite a bit less exciting: at a Barnes and Noble with my two children and husband (if only he were that ‘Cat from college, “meow”). Actually, though, this much more wholesome experience was really entertaining, family-friendly, and well-organized.
Caturday Saturday, Barnes and Noble hosts a family-oriented story time in their upstairs children’s area. It is free of charge, although I am sure they would appreciate it if you bought something (I suggest a non-fat, no foam, chai tea latte from the café!). This past Saturday was hosted by the cat in the hat and the children were read Green Eggs and Ham. However, a character does not always come to story time and the times vary, so be sure to check their website before heading out.
The only issue was someone must’ve been taking a catnap because they were about 10 minutes late to start which is an eternity for the nearly thirty children age four or five and under. But otherwise, the event was purr-fect (eh, eh). The cat allowed all the children to give it hugs and take pictures with it, and was lively and animated during the reading of the book. The host also gave each child one lollipop to ensure there was a little quiet while the book was read.
When finished, they had a craft table (make your own bookmark) and a tattoo station; Knox still has his kitty-cat tattoo on his arm. Representatives from the local library branches were also there signing people up for library cards.
Be sure to check out their schedule of events online. John Lomax from local channel 12 will be there this Saturday in support of child abuse awareness month.